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conditional uses, it's not a rubber-stamp. you have to do a pre-application, community meeting, submit your application. it goes through a process. it has to go to the planning commission. the planning commission those approve has to approve it and whether it's approved or denied, it's unappealable to the board of supervisors. we have seen plenty of situations where conditional uses have been defeated at the planning commission or been defeated on appeal to the board of supervisors. so the conditional use is a flexible process, where you are able to achieve what you are trying to achieve, while understanding that you can't predict every situation. you can have a situation, as i mentioned, where everyone thinks this is a good idea. but then, you can't do it. so that is the concern that i have and i would be curious just to know, the mayor's perspective, or planning or both; about why not do a conditional use and why instead
do a complete prohibition? >> diego sanchez with planning department staff. i think the interim controls allow time to recalibrate the appropriate controls if that is going to be sought by the community. right now you have a different use restrictions. perhaps in this time, there is more outreach to the merchants and calibrate it -- we don't know what that is going to be. there is also additional conditional use criteria that need to be formulated and this interim time would give time to formulate those with the community and other stakeholders. i think that is the perspective from the planning department as to why an interim prohibition in this time would be okay. it is not a permanent control. it is for a short period of time. >> potentially. >> potentially. >> potentially. it could become a permanent
control. and once you have a temporary control, sometimes it can create its own momentum. >> true. >> to make it permanent. and i understand that it could include one-tailored to the community. the current use requires that the use -- i believe the term is "necessary and convenient." and so it's a term that amply, i think encompasses the concerns that we have heard from the neighborhood and the character of the neighborhood. because i don't dispute any of those concerns. my question is about why -- and i respect what you just articulated. i'm not convinced by it. >> i think a lot of folks in the community and i can turn it over to other colleagues, i believe at this point believe that the existing conditional
use criteria may not be particularly sensitive to the area is what i understand, but i will definitely allow my colleagues to chime in and add to this. >> deanna ponce de leon, office of economic and workforce development. we will be exploring a cu more comprehensively, that may include other things beyond storefront mergers. when look at it, it's not the only piece and we need more time in order to comprehensive explore other interventions in the cu. in addition, i think it allows for a pause for the community to be able to focus and engage with us on thinking on different potentially what a cu could have? what restrictions it should have? as opposed to if there is a storefront merger that is proposed, and they have to organize around it.
there has been many things that they feel pressured -- the community that we have heard and also the merchants. many of their leases are month-to-month, and are not being renewed. so they feel like that is an additional threat, where property owners may be looking to merge. so then it allows for a pause for us to engage in a discussion with the community without feeling that additional pressure that they may be losing storefronts and it is a temporary at this point, prohibition. >> all right. i appreciate that. again, i'm not -- there is another side to it, but i do appreciate that explanation. >> supervisor campos. >> thank you. i don't know if supervisor kim wants to say anything but i wanted to respond to that. let me say that it may very well be that as part of a special use district a conditional use is the appropriate tool.
but the point here is that this is a community that doesn't want to spend the next few weeks fighting about a specific conditional use and instead use that time to actually study long-term what it should look like? the notion that this is going to be a permanent or could be a permanent control respectfully, that is not the reality. to the contrary, we're going through the process of the special use district. and yes, i work with supervisor wiener on the valencia corridor. at that point, the avenue we choose was one that was consistent where the community was. in this case, the community believes that to fully consider a conditional use down the road, that we need to have this interim control. so that the
community's efforts go to actually studying the issue as opposed to fighting a specific project. the other thing that i would say is that for purposes of these small business it really is about preserving small business commercial space and that is critical, because commercial space when it's smaller is more affordable. in this case, in this hot real estate market, to engage in a special use district as the community is terrified that a specific storefront is going to be lost. we don't want to do that. we don't want to have to worry about that and this is simply giving the opportunity to the community to actually engage in an open discussion and in a full study without having to worry about that. that is why we approached it this way, and as the planning
department noted, the issue of the cu was discussed, but we thought to give that concept due consideration that we couldn't really engage in two processes where you actually engage in a discussion about the conditions for conditional use, interim control process and on top of that the sud. we want to focus on the sud to get this done as quickly as pob. thank -- as quickly as possible. thank you. >> supervisor kim. >> thank you, chair cohen. i just wanted to add some of my brief comments as well. first of all, i do support this interim prohibition on commercial mergers in the special use district. and i think -- i will just add a couple of comments. i think there are -- while there are many neighborhoods in
the city that are experiencing a lot of change, there are very few micro neighborhoods that i believe are seeing the changes that this neighborhood is. i spent a year on 24th street corridor, when i ran a performance arts venue space and for a year, we were not in our originalal space. so we actually coshared with the galleria rosa and i was there every week and it's stunning the changes that i have seen in that corridor over the last ten years of it's a corridor that has already supported really small businesses that were clearly family-owned, individually-owns and i think it's important that we continue to support the original characteristics of this neighborhood. and also, to really examine a plan for the future economic development of this neighborhood. so how do we protect these types of jobs in the protect these types of ownership opportunities and to
do that to ensure that we have small plates that emerging business owners can move into. they are easy for change and with capital, 24th street has always been an opportunity street for many of our residents and small familis to really begin sustaining themselves economicalry and also contributing to the vitality of the neighborhood. this interim prohibition goes into look at the health and welfare of the community as required by the state and is really looking at in the long-term, how can we preserve -- i hope not historical purpose of this neighbor, which is really for our residents in that neighborhood. so i do look forward to seing this forward. it's an interim prohibition and we'll do a long-term study. but i think given how rapidly this neighborhood changing a prohibition of 45 days is appropriate. >> supervisor campos.
>> madame chair, just a quick note. the ask would be that you amend this along the lines that were described before, and that once public comment takes place, i would respectfully ask that you move forward this item to the board, to be heard on the 28th of july. thank you very much. >> thank you. that is definitely understand. i have a couple of questions for the planning department. mr. sanchez, just very clearly and succinctly, is the planning department supporting this? >> yes. >> and why? >> preserving it is preserving the existing character of 24th street and something that makes the 24th street corridor unique and stand out among the commercial districts. >> thank you. have you had a chance to review with some of the folks who are
interested and the opponents who want a conditional use requirement for the mergers. have you had a chance to talk to them and understand their perspective? >> i have personally not. i know the supervisor's office has been in discussion with the groups. >> thank you, mr. sanchez. i want to speak to supervisor campos real quick. i'm really interested in what you are doing, what you are trying to do, and i understand the purpose which you are using every tool that you have available to do. one of the things that i have been able to do in the bay view community, we started a citizens advisory committee. we started that because of the redevelopment agency, the dissolutionment and it allows bay view residents to have a voice in the overall planning process of the bay view community. the planning commission -- so that would require every single planner or project sponsor to come to the bay view community,
and before they can go before the planning commission, the bay view cac has to sign off on this. i'm only using this as an example as something that you mike date might be able to implement to ensure there are neighborhood voices at the table that are affecting and shaping the planning department's decisions as they continue to move forward. i only offer that as a suggestion. it's a tool that we have been using for about a year now. we're still working out the kinks, but it has really empowered neighbors that have been really nervous about the change and the development that has been happening in the bay view community, everything from the shipyard to possible rezoning. they are dealing with this issue. so something for you to consider. okay. at this point, i think it's time for us to take public comment. mayor's staff, thank you for being here. i would like to open up public comment at this time. if anyone is interested,
remember you have two minutes. please line up on this side of the chamber and come up. i don't have any speaker cards at this moment in front of me for item 5. madame clerk, are there speaker cards? excellent. you all look good. please. welcome. >> supervisor my name is luis, with the mission economic development agency and i want to thank you for your consideration of this measure. it's something that we really, really need. it's something that we support and i think the point about a conditional use, i think it's actually a really important point. i think that the flexibility that a conditional use provides, i think would be great under normal circumstances. right now, however, we have lost 8,000 people from the neighborhood in ten years. we have lost hundreds of local businesses during the timeframe -- during the same timeframe.
right now, flexibility is not the highest priority. the whole idea of highest and best use is not what is ruling here. i think what we need is to have -- we have to control. we have to protect that neighborhood. we have to protect that community. and this is the kind of measure that i would ask you to please support this measure. you heard on june 8th with 100 people, this is part of that movement. there is a ballot initiative that just qualified. this is part of that movement. this is a very rational, good approach to protect the small businesss in the neighborhood. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker.
>> good afternoon. my name is denise deanna, and i support the calle 24 special use district. i have a hard time figuring out how any of us living in san francisco are going to find the services that we need, if we're going to have wall-to-wall restaurants? which seems to be the current -- what is happening currently. small businesses are an economic stimulation by providing jobs locally. they spend most of their revenue within the community, while giving cohesion to the community, for which they provide services. mission businesses are being forced out to provide for more restaurants. there are just so many restaurants that can be supported in the community. the life span of most
restaurants are from 1-2 years. we need community-serving businesses such as shoe repair, laundry, small meat and fish markets, small vegetable and fruit stores of the restaurants have limited use to the community and taking community service out of business will leave behind a sterile community, no color, no diversity, no joy, no caring people. we will be a you community of zombies, distracted by their hand-held devices, cell phones. like the three monkeys, see no evil, speak to evil, hear no evil, while i beg to get attention. thank you. [ applause ] >> hello. my name is allen martinez and i speak for myself. i will read from the commission
plan, city policy adopted by the planning commission and board of supervisors objective 7.3. reinforce the importance of the mission as a center of latino life in san francisco. policy 7.3.1. support efforts to preserve and enhance social and cultural institutions. and 73.3.3, protect and support latino and other cultural significant local businesses, structures, properties, and institutions in the mission. without concrete steps. without concrete land use policies to implement this, this is just nice words. the city has a responsibility to take concrete steps to make this happen. i want to remind people that calle 24 is significantly different than a lot of other neighborhood-commercial district because it's adjacent to the mission commercial district, which does support larger floor plates for businesses. if you are looking for a larger
floor plate in the mission, there are other major streets available. the intent of calle 24 is to support local neighborhoods. so it's significantly different than other neighborhood districts. on 24th street, there is no major commercial street around upper 24th street. i want you to keep that in mind that is a unique situation. thank you. >> thank you, next speaker. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is gabriel medina, the policy manager for the economic development agency. as my executive director stated, this is a very measured approach, and we really appreciate and support calle 24's leadership and as allen just mentioned, mission street is a juxtaposition of what happens to a commercial corridor when you don't have these type of protections. so it has a larger footprint for businesses and if you read the data from the mission public
life plan, you will see that we have had a 40-unit loss of retail space and 40-unit increase of luxury restaurants and in addition to, that we have lost child-care spaces and we have had a huge increase in sometimes often without conditional use, or without approved conditional use, office space. so this is actually a very measured approach. i think one of the things that makes san francisco a vibrant city for tourists and locals alike is that we have these unique neighborhoods with characters, that encourages shopping and gives a sense of place. it's something that not only people grew up in and become incalcatedwith.
we graduate somewhere between 30-50 new businesses a year and the only way that they can ever find a home is to have a small commercial storefront that is viable and often for latino community, starting their own business is the only means that they have of having a means of income and alternative means of employment. so please support this interim control. thank you. >> my name is buck and i'm a member of the bernal chapter. this is a great idea. please support it. you should be doing anything that can you can to preserve the diversity of our neighborhood and prevent the displacement of residents in small neighborhoods. i want to note that some people on the board, if they can't stop these efforts do anything you can to order them down. in this san francisco brand of
neoreaganism, that worships the market as a solution to all our problems and supervisor wiener, the chair of that wing and may you go no further in your political career -- >> please remember - -- remarks are not personal. next speaker. >> hello supervisors, i am speaking for mill. mill. myself, i am a artist and photographer and recently in the last couple of years i worked with other members in the community to restore the historical carnival mural on the corner of 24th and south van ness and got support from the merchant association and many, many businesss and ngos in the neighborhood in order to
get the funding from the city. it was a community challenge from the city of san francisco. the murals of san francisco, i think you all know, but i will say it anyway, they are known. people from another neighborhoods see the murals and people from all over the city, all over the bay area, all over the state and from all over the country and the world come to see the murals. you can come any day and there are people giving tours and many different foreign languages. if you are going to have murals, you need muralists. you need artists. i'm an artist, and i have seen so many artists being forced out of the neighborhood. and i'm talking about internationally famous artists like mike rios and talking about artists who are just getting started. one the spaces that artists use
are small storefronts and you deanna showed the art gallery and we need the gallery and artists to produce the art that goes out to the world. thank you. >> next speaker. >> good afternoon, supervisors. i want to thank the people who have brought this to your attention. calle 24th and the mission has been a barrio and friendly to family and a community associated with toughness from the valencia gardens to the army street projects and up-and-down different streets of the mission. it has been a place of dreams and sometimes nightmares for local businesses. it's been a place that families with thrive and send their kids to college and what not? the
families like the dominguez bakery and casa sanchez and families of generations of la palma, taqueria, et cetera. these families and many more families have prospered in the mission, have given their kids a future by being able to sustain a business. also continues today. the guerra family at sunrise holiday hairstyle and garcia hair -- and another in danger of losing his business. our family the bakery next to phil's, sidewalk juice, adobe books, the pizza place, press. there is a lot of news businesses on that street, and they are all prospers. i would like to say that we like to see that as a business, more prosperity.
again, we know that future of our prosperity depends on the local people who live in that community. and that has been falling by the wayside to profit. and again, we want to say that the latino community is growing in numbers and is now the majority in california and have surpassed the anglo population. thank you. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> supervisors, thank you. especially supervisor campos. my name is lorraine garcia, former san francisco arts commission and federal commission for the national museum of the american latino and current advisor to the latino historical society. i am here probably going to focus in on some of the issues
around conditional questions. i used to give out funds for the whole state of california, oversaw huge projects here for public art in san francisco. and also gave out funds in the bay area. one of the most important things that you do is actually establish guidelines and criteria for the basis of challenging decisions that have to be made. so if i based all of my decisions and recommendations on conditional thread, it would be very difficult to be able to make informed decisions. so where i completely honor and respect your question, to be able to make even decent conditional decisions, you have to have informed and well-grounded criteria and guidelines. for that to happen, you have to gather the data, and you have to have all of that be informed in advance. so i really thank all of you for considering this piece that actually gives us time, and that time is very important. so i at this point
also would like to just mention that i have heard the word that people want to open up, you know, the mission and to me that is code to just continue some of the very thinly planned ventures that have happened to-date. thank you very much for considering this. >> good afternoon. my name is an stasia, the executive director for brava theater in the arts. i have been living in san francisco for 33 years. i lived in the mission for 15 years and been a resident of bay view for the past 16 years. i am here to talk to you about social justice, because that is what is really important to me. i have in the last three years, took an organization that was in foreclosure and i raised over $3 million $2.5 million of that was from grants. i wrote all of those grants
based on the services that i would provide to the community. the services to families, to children to queers, to people of color, to all of the unheard voices that struggle in our cities. that is really -- so all of my grant reports are how many people did you serve? and who were they? and where did they live? where did they come from? and a lot of the grants that i got from san francisco, the city of san francisco. so you are very interested in that data and want to know what that data is? it's getting very hard to achieve those goal because there is no more children no more people of color and it's getting really hard for artists to live here. so what do we want our city to look like? what do we want our city to be? on 24th street, that is what we're trying to do. we're trying to take a moment
and figure out what we want our neighborhood to look like? how we want to move forward? and how can we be a mixed neighborhood? we don't have to be a poor neighborhood. we don't have to be a completely rich neighborhood. but we can be an integrated neighborhood, with all kinds of people, with all kinds of services, with all kinds of community. so i ask you to support this ordinance. >> thank you, next speaker, please. >> thank you everyone for puting your hearts and mind into the challenges and opportunities our city. my name is pam and i live on harris between 24th and 25th since june of 20006789 i was able to buy my house a time of overbiding and very high rents and here we are again. in 2000, when i bought the park was a place of daily drug selling and now it's soccer
leagues -- 24th was dark with many rundown storefronts and lacking diverse offerings from food to services. today there 19 inactive store fronts between mission and potrero. phil's coffee was a rundown corner store when i moved there in 2000. there were probably been 20-30 shootings on 24th and adjacent blocks. there have been two murders yards from my front door on harrison. 4th is emergings a diverse retail strip. five years ago you could not get matsa ball soup, a burger, a skateboard, acupuncture, or phone and now we have three bookstores. we have the organic groceries, one storefront that would like to merge to be